More Mississippi schools are serving local foods on cafeteria trays each year.


Purchasing farm-fresh Mississippi foods supports Mississippi farmers and our local economies. Local foods are fresher and more nutrient-dense than products coming from outside the state and help to nourish our students. Check out the resources below for ways you can incorporate farm to school into your school food service. Be sure to sign up to receive our newsletter, and join in on our monthly phone calls and regional meetings to learn more.


A student will eat anything they help grow! There is no better way to increase health and wellness for our students than school gardens. Gardens have been proven to help lower school absences and increase test schools. Many Mississippi schools are growing food on school ground with the help of students. Check out the resources below for starting or expanding a school garden at your school. Be sure to sign up to receive our newsletter, and join in on our monthly phone calls and regional meetings to learn more.

Getting Started

The Year in Farm to School

4 Steps To Cultivating a School Garden Program

School Garden Grants!

7 Steps to Creating a School Garden

Community Garden Start Up Guide

Slow Food USA School Garden Guide

Program Examples

Carrot Camp Snack Recipes from Good Food for Oxford Schools

Farm to School: Case Study, Boulder Valley School District

Program Example: Growing Healthy Waves at the Tupelo Public School District

Program Example: Good Food for Oxford Schools at the Oxford School District


Fresh Start Lessons and Guide Book

We Dig It! 5th Grade Math School Garden Curriculum

Procurement and School Cafeterias

How to Talk to a Farmer About Procuring for Schools:  A Guide for School Food Administrators

The Year in Farm to School

Addressing Dietetic Internship Competencies through Local Food and Farm to School

Farm to Preschool: Getting Started with Local Foods Purchasing from EcoTrust

A Step-by-Step Guide To Purchasing Mississippi Products

Research and Fact Sheets

The Year in Farm to School

USDA Selling Local to Schools Fact Sheet

USDA Resource for Buying Local Fact Sheet

USDA Using DOD to Buy Local Fact Sheet

USDA 10 Facts About Local Food in School Cafeterias

Request for Information Basics for FSDs

Mississippi Farm Food Safety Checklist

Mississippi Growing Calendar

Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council Progress Report

Expanding Farm to School in Mississippi: Analysis and Recommendations by Harvard Law School


Grants Up For Grabs

The Year in Farm to School

The Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network

Mississippi Association of Cooperatives

Food Corps

Life Lab

Slow Food USA

The Lunch Box

Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture

The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi

Mississippi Food Policy Council

Delta Fresh Foods

Mississippi State Department of Health Farm to School

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Farm to School

Mississippi State Extension Agency

The National Farm to School Network

News for Mississippi Schools

Trigg Elementary Breaks Ground on School Garden

On Tuesday, December 8th, Trigg Elementary School and the Delta Health Alliance hosted over 100 adult volunteers, fifth graders, and school staff to break ground at the Trigg Elementary school garden in Greenville, MS. For two hours the group planted landscaping plants, spread crushed concrete for an outdoor classroom space, planted a small winter vegetable and herb bed, and installed four raised-beds with a river-rock mulching. Read more

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